Category: Carolyn’s Posts

Merry Christmas!

By , December 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm


Merry Christmas!

With Love,

Dan & Carolyn, David, Michael, & Douglas Chan

Summer Baseball

By , June 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

I guess baseball in Rochester is pretty big.  There happen to be 52 teams of kindergartners playing tee-ball this summer.  Unbelievable!  Mikey has joined in on the excitement and is on a team named S&S Moving.  All 12 players on his team will be in first grade at his school next year- perfect for him to get to know a few more kids his age.  His games are twice a week and go until the end of summer.  He’s been thoroughly enjoying it, especially since his best friend Patrick is on the team too.

Social butterfly David has been making all kinds of friends while watching the games.  Douglas is just along for the ride.  And me?  I’ve been trying to figure out how to re-arrange life to get dinner on table before we have to head to practice at 5pm and how to get everyone to bed at a decent hour thereafter.  It’s just ruining the 7 o’clock bedtime routine.  :)

Christmas Morning 2011

By , December 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

Season’s greetings to all, wishing you happy holidays!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

By , December 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm

What? Dec. 3 and we are just getting snow?  Unheard of around here.  The boys can’t get enough of it!!  I forgot to take pictures of their bigger snowman and the 2 snow forts we made the next day.  They are melted now.  Yes.  All the snow has melted (another unheard of) and the weather has been in the 40s lately.  But…

tonight right after dinner snow started to fall.  Beautiful, slow falling snow.  Perfect to add to our evening of seeing A Christmas Carol.  Mikey, right before bed said, “I can’t wait until I wake up, Mom.  I can play in the new-fallen snow.  My snow fort will be THIS high” (raising his hand above his head).  When I told him a few weeks ago that new snow would help his fort, that was before I realized the fort would have completely melted.  :)

Douglas loves the snow too- his reaction to seeing it the first time is memorable.  Dan posted a video of it here (also found on the sidebar or under our videos tab).  Not sure how many inches we’ll get tonight… we’ll see in the morning.



By , December 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

We had a beautiful Thanksgiving spent with friends (thank you, Arthur family). We relaxed, ate, played, took a walk, ate and relaxed some more. The boys had a wonderful time just hanging out. Wish Dan could’ve been there- he was busy saving lives at work.  We each contributed our thankful thoughts for the beautiful scrapbook layout Alison created.  Mikey’s picture is of his brothers.  Davey’s is sliding down a slide (illustrated with help from Michael).  My thoughts are on the middle “joy” tag.

Here’s some artwork from the boys.




Turkey by David made at preschool.



One year old!

By , December 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Little Douglas turned one.  We took one year photos, ate cake topped with Oreos (decorated via his brothers) and opened presents.  Can’t believe my youngest is walking!  Little turkey is full of personality these days.  I love it!  We love you, Douglas!



By , November 11, 2011 at 12:18 am

David had a wonderfully fun Halloween costume party at preschool and everyone was invited.  He made monster goo (glue, borax, water, & food coloring), had a witch’s brew of homemade root beer with dry ice, games and yummy treats.

Halloween night our pirate, knight and monkey went out with just light jackets on.   Unbelievable!  It’s been such a warm, beautiful fall.  The boys had such a fun time running door to door.  They weren’t great at saying “thank you” but wished each door a “Happy Halloween!” before leaving.  They’ve all been enjoying the candy.



David’s First Day of Preschool

By , October 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

David had his first day of preschool September 13.  He loves it.  I think the second day of school I started a carpool with his cute classmate Kelly.  When he saw that I had come to take him home instead of Kelly’s mom he started crying.   He so wanted to ride with with Kelly in her blue van.  After finding out she was coming in the car with us he was all smiles again.  Cute kid.  He does a great job identifying and tracing letters and I’m told he’s pretty bright among his peers.  I love seeing him sporting his backpack around the house all day.  So stinking cute.  In the picture below where the group is in their party hats, his class had a VIP (Very Important Person) party where they learned how special they were and sang a song “I’m a VIP, I’m a VIP…”  I asked David what does VIP mean.  Response: “Umm…I don’t know,” <shrug> “like when you have to pee?”  That’s our three year old.  He has the funniest faces in pictures these days.  Here are a few.

And the best for last.  Here’s the picture he took in class on the first day of school for his attendance/name card.  Hilarious!  I love this kid.

First Day of Kindergarten!

By , September 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

Mikey had his first day of Kindergarten yesterday.  He was so excited and nervous and loved every minute of it.  I asked him what was his least favorite thing and most favorite thing about school.  He thought for a minute and then said play time and recess.  Trying to figure out why he didn’t like play time I asked “What did you do for play time?  It wasn’t very fun?”   He responded, “Mom, what does least favorite mean?”  Turns out play time was his favorite and recess another favorite.  So cute.  He read The Kissing Hand book and brought home the cutest little picture with his finger prints and a tree.  He handed me his folder and smiling said, “You have homework.”  Some papers I needed to fill out.  He’s now excited for helper days starting in October, the 100 day of school party, little cartons of milk during snack time, and playing with Legos and the castle at play time today. It’s hard to believe our little boy is so grown-up.




Lazy Days of Summer

By , September 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

Last days of summer are here and I cannot believe it.  Yesterday was such an ideal summer day -despite beginning with somewhat dismal weather.  Mikey and David enjoyed a wet session of soccer camp in the morning;  we had friends over for lunch and a play date; I enjoyed an afternoon nap; and the boys played outside with neighborhood friends literally all evening.  I called them in for dinner, they gobbled it up and ran back outside.  I cleaned up dinner put Douglas down for bed then played the piano for an hour while watching the boys out the window play and play with about six neighborhood friends.  It was so relaxing.  The sunset was beautiful from the stormy weather and I spent a few minutes sitting on the deck savoring the children’s laughter on one of the last days of summer.

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